Planting asparagus, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Asked February 1, 2017, 9:34 AM EST

Hello, I will be planting asparagus, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries for the first time in my back yard. I have six raised beds for tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables. I was going to plant the asparagus and fruits in ground, amending the clay soil with sand and compost. And the blueberry bush will get some peat Moss as well. Do you think I should put the asparagus (Jersey knight) in a raised bed since it will be located near an oak tree. Also, how close can I plant the blackberry, blueberry and Raspberry bushes. I have 5 of each roots. Can I have a row of blackberries. Then 5 feet from that, have a row of blueberries. Then 10 feet from that, raspberries. Will Raspberry canes spread to the blueberries of I mow around it. How far will they spread. Will the acidic soil for the blueberry bushes spread to the surrounding blackberry soil. Thank you.

Howard County Maryland small fruits

1 Response

Asparagus - Grows best in full sun. If planting near the oak tree make sure you do not damage the root system and make sure the plants will not be in the shade.

Do not amend the soil with sand. Sand and clay make bricks. Amend the soil with organic matter such as compost, well rottted manure or leaf mold. See our publication and our website on Getting Started With Small Fruits.

See our website for planting information and spacing for the blackberries and raspberries. Red raspberries will be less of a problem with suckers than the blackberries.
The blueberries should be in a bed by themselves. Amend the entire bed. You can amend the soil with peat moss. See our website for soil preparation, spacing, and planting information.